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Weekend roundup + movie pass giveaway

By Karen Diepeveen on June 12, 2014


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It’s set to be another busy, sunny Ottawa weekend, folks – this week, we’re giving away tickets to the first-run screenings of We Are the Best down at the Bytowne. Read on to find out how you can win!

Ottawa Explosion Weekend kicked off their music festival last night, but don’t worry – you’ve got plenty of chances to catch the rest. Ottawa band The Tropical Dripps starts off the night at Club Saw tonight, and the rest of the weekend features shows by The Creeps, New Swears, Slow Mover and Roberta Bondar, plus dozens of others and a bonus pool party out on the Gatineau side.

WestFest starts Friday night, with bands including The Peptides, Ashley MacIsaac and A Tribe Called Red taking the stage over the next few days. It’s also the Festival franco-ontarien, featuring artists like Lisa LeBlanc and Pierre Lapointe. Down at Zaphod’s on Friday, you can catch See Spot Run and My New Project, while things get folky at Pressed with Fiddlehead Soup, Ali McCormick and Blackstrap Molasses. Kitchen Party is back, too, for another dance party. On Saturday, Marc Charron is at 8 Locks Flat, and The Main Street Market Band brings a global twist to the music scene.

If you want to get crafty, T.H.A.T. Craft Fair takes place down at Parkdale United all day Saturday, and there’s a night market down in Little Italy as part of Italian Week. Also, Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off Friday night. Here in Ottawa, there are craft beer sessions, Beau’s and bowling with a Big Lebowski theme, and a Beyond the Pale tap takeover.

In performances, the Ottawa Dance Directive presents ODD is OFF all weekend, and the Ta Da! Festival brings all sorts of theatre out to Wakefield. Maximum Capacity lets you participate in the art performance at Voix Visuelle, and Keeping the Fire exhibit runs at Blink all weekend long.

Now for those tickets: we’re giving away four double-passes for any of the first-run screenings of WE ARE THE BEST (June 12-18) down at the Bytowne. Just send us an email at apartment613 [at] with WE ARE THE BEST in the subject line, and you’ll be entered in the draw. Send us this email by Friday, June 13 at noon to enter!

What else is happening this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!

And remember to tag your Instagram weekend happening photos with #apt613weekend24 . It’s for our new weekend hashtag project, so check our Instagram feed @apt613 on Monday to see if your photos made it into our featured few!